Georges St-Pierre Says He’ll Fight Anderson Silva “When it Makes Sense”

November 26, 2012
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Georges St-PierreSome time around May. That’s the timeframe that UFC president Dana White has been trying to sell as when we will see the superfight between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. There’s just one little hold up, and that’s the fact that St-Pierre doesn’t seem all that interested in taking the fight so soon.

St-Pierre recently came back from an 18-month layoff and showed little evidence of the dreaded ring rust when he defeated Carlos Condit at UFC 154 via unanimous decision. Yes, the longtime head honcho of the UFC’s 170-pound division looked worse for wear after absorbing 113 strikes to the melon, but he walked away the winner, unifying his title with the interim belt that Condit had won while St-Pierre was out rehabbing from knee surgery.

White has been pushing the Silva versus St-Pierre fight for some time. The promotion went so far as to fly Silva to Montreal so he could do a pre-fight question and answer session with the media and sit cageside and observe the St-Pierre versus Condit bout.

Despite the interest from Silva and White, St-Pierre doesn’t seem to feel that now is the right time for him to take the fight against the middleweight champion. Appearing on Radio-Canada’s Tout Le Monde en Parle,” St-Pierre said, (translation from French via MMAFighting.com):

“I’m not scared of him (Silva) — it’s just that I will take this fight when it makes sense for me. I just came back from an injury, there’s money to be made, there are fights in my weight class, other challenges out there, and if I fight him, I will have to gain weight, while he will have to lose weight, and then afterwards, I won’t be able to come back to my weight class.

First and foremost, I have things to do at 170 pounds. When I am ready and when I want the fight, that’s when it will happen.”

St-Pierre has expressed these very sentiments before, saying that a move up from his 170-pound fighting weight will not allow his naturally ectomorphic body to come back down to welterweight once he puts weight on to fight a heavier fighter. As far as the work to be done in the welterweight division, the champion is speaking the truth there as well.

Prior to his layoff, one could have claimed that St-Pierre had cleaned out the 170-pound division, but that claim no longer stands.

There’s Johny Hendricks waiting in the wings after a brutal 46-second knockout of Martin Kampmann at UFC 154. Nick Diaz will return from suspension in February. Demain Maia and Jon Fitch are getting ready to face off. Nate Marquardt will most likely transfer over from Strikeforce in early 2013… (Click here to read more)

  • Johnny M

    I support this 100%. The size difference is too much. A fight with Silva has so little intrigue b/c GSP is over matched at least physically. A Silva v Jones fight is better b/c it is not one sided to Jones or Silva.

    • shakejunt

      anderson is as tall, but jones just has some sort of freak ability to cut weight. the physical size disparity is equal if not greater.

      but i digress, i completely agree that gsp has some work to do at ww now that he’s back. he still has hendricks and presumably diaz (after a win) to deal with along with the possibilities of marquardt, ellenberger, maia, and siyar if they continue to win.

      i can see gsp being anderson’s farewell fight after a few of these guys are taken care of.

    • Timothy Malone

      Yeah the size difference is too much. It would be like a 240lb guy like Dos Santos trying to be champion in a weight class where guys cut to 265.

      Oh wait a minute…

      • Trevor

        Yeah cause you have fought who? and wave your magic wand around and decide who should get their heads smashed in so you can drink beer and talk like you matter on MMA forums!

      • GoNoles

        you really comparing a guy that is 240 to a guy that fights at 170? hah the difference in power when your that big isn’t much if at all especially in jds case. the height and reach advantage silva holds over gsp is pretty significant to when it comes to 2 guys with that much skill as well as weight and according to jones he walks around about 220 to 225 and from what i understand silva hovers around there to or maybe a bit less but either way jones and silva are closer together when it comes to height and weight than silva gsp. and ive never been a gsp fan but seems like yall just aint thinking logically.

  • dd

    well..gsp saying hes not scare is not true..it obvious he is..but that being said silva lately has been unstoppable ..winning with amazing style..gsp would have no chance..if silva can make gsp weight class itll be fun to watch..

  • AMV

    He gonna get ko by Hendricks so he should he sould of just taken the fight with Anderson made more money and still would made history Diaz gonna whopp that ass too

  • aaron

    GSP is one of the most cerebral fighters in the game. This is a good decision for now.

  • bajafox

    In other words “I’ll wait until he’s older and passed his prime before I agree to fight Anderson Silva”

    I hope he loses the belt and all hopes of this “super fight” go down the toilet

    • Man up

      your an idiot!

      • Trevor

        I second that!

        • bajafox

          You should go back to school too then…

      • bajafox

        It’s “you’re” an idiot. Maybe you need to go back to school.

        • Chris

          You are still an idiot regardless of how he or she spelled it!

  • shereko

    Ok, his point almost makes sense, but funny how he can’t move in weight, but “others” can… Penn, Silva, Diaz (both), Henderson, Franklin, Edgar, etc… Yes, some moved down and thats not the same. But, the kinda money, and where it is in scheduling it works out financially now. Then after this fight if it were to have happened then Jones is done with Sonnen and schedules lined up. In this now it will be Silva on the bottom slide of 40 fighting this fight… Just say “the numbers don’t match up to do this fight, Silva is too big” thats not admitting he’s scared, its just too big. I just think it would be epic, but maybe what Jones said, “That this isn’t good for business to fight superfights because someone loses” is correct… Takes 2 to have a superfight, and seems like Silva is the only one that wants it unless he’s quite a bit older.

  • Lawdog1521

    Scaredy cat, scaredy cat…

  • Lawdog1521

    I want to thank MMAWeekly for translating. The original interview was in GSP’s native language and I was having a hard time figuring out what, “Bok bok bok” meant.

  • Mark McDowall

    Had GSP not been injured…I think that would have been a good time to take the Silva fight. But right now he is right, there is work to be done @ 170, Just like Silva has work to do @ 185.

  • Trevor

    Great Decision for him! while a bunch of morons hang out and decide who GSP should and shouldn’t fight I laugh. He is the champ at 170 and still has good fight options with Hendricks and the winner of the Fitch fight …maybe even that moron Diaz if he can beat someone good to get a shot. I love how people chime in with their opinions on how he should get big, man up,,,,,blah blah blah …he’s got a division and is ruling it case closed. Go get a twinkie and lay on the couch and yell at the TV telling some other pro athletes how you would do there job better…LOL

    • shereko

      Internet toughguy… steps up name calling like you know more than anyone else.

  • GSPLARDO

    I found rest of the translation.

    “I will fight Silva if and when I am ready, which is never. But even if I wanted to fight it doesn’t make sense because I need to deplete the talent pool at 170lbs. Yes, and that means giving a chance to every fighter in the top 30. Everybody can be beaten. So I am risking a lot by these guys.”

    Then I found this from Silva’s page.

    “I would love to fight that midget GSP. I don’t want to fight Jon Jones because he is too much for me to handle. But I want to fight GSP EVEN THOUGH I have teammates at 170.”